This week’s reviews by TFCA critics, including Paddington 2, The Commuter, and Happy End.
TFCA Friday: Week of August 11th, 2017
August 11, 2017
Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews and articles by TFCA critics.
Reviews and features by: Andrew Parker (AP), Jim Slotek (JS), Norm Wilner (NW), Radheyan Simonpillai (RS), Peter Howell (PH), Gilbert Seah, Glenn Sumi, Chris Knight (CK), Karen Gordon (KG), and Kate Taylor (KT).
Opening this Week
Annabelle: Creation (dir. David F. Sandberg)
The Glass Castle (dir. Destin Daniel Cretton)
“How moviegoers view this experience … may depend on how seduced they are by Woody Harrelson’s scene-stealing turn as Rex, the would-be inventor who promises Jeannette he will build the family a glass castle that will be heated by sunshine even as they are living in shacks without electricity or plumbing” — KT
“One of those movies that pays attention to the little things, like the funeral scene where Jeannette’s uncle isn’t shaking anyone’s hands as they enter. Not sure why, but it made him more than just a disposable third-tier relative” — CK
“Feels artificial” — RS
Menashe (dir. Joshua Z Weinstein)
“About an hour in, I found myself wondering what the Dardenne brothers might have done with this story, with its roots in economic anxiety and parental dedication. I’m pretty sure they would have done more” — NW”
My own mom told me it was a waste of time and money.” A talk with director Joshua Z Weinstein about what makes his Yiddish language custody drama so unique — AP
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (dir. Cal Brunker)
Step (dir. Amanda Lipitz)
Wind River (dir. Taylor Sheridan)
“The structure is solid and the performances unimpeachable, though Sheridan’s a little too much in love with his screenplay, pushing hard to make sure we understand the deep meaning in his dialogue and the way certain characters share an unspoken grief which will, eventually, be spoken about quite a lot” — NW
“A decidedly American film, but at a time when Canada’s First Nations continue to grapple with violence toward Native women, it’s bound to strike a chord on this side of the border as well. Politics aside, however, it’s also just a really effective crime thriller” — CK
Audio: “The debut of an exciting directorial voice” — KG